For millennials, in meeting someone new, the first question isn’t “Where do you live?” or “What do you do?” but “What’s your sign?” Many millennials view horoscopes as a good reference point to identity. They read them and believe them, every day. At the same time interest in religion is in decline, especially among this same demographic. Are you surprised?
Now? According to a recent Pew Research Center Study….The majority of Americans say it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt the existence of God” …. fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012. Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science.
During this same period, the psychic services industry — which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services — grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to a noted industry analysis firm. [Marketwatch.com]
Here’s The Question: [since a majority of Americans believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals] What Is The Basis For Your Moral Code?
REALITY? G.K. Chesterton [1874 – 1936 — English Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Journalist, etc] once said, “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”
Sound Familiar? As I just pointed out…. young people are not simply ditching spiritual beliefs, they are ditching belief in God for belief in witchcraft and astrology. We call it Secularization! All things secular means all things worldly or temporal.
So….what’s The Point? The point is that without an Objective, Eternal, Unchanging Standard of Morality…..Human Beings tend to create their own. And what they create is entirely SELF related. Meaning? What THEY believe! Which, of course, influences their value system.
History demonstrates, without the objective value system presented by God, in the Bible, societies tend to move away from Objective Good, toward an entirely Subjective Standard….which often includes witches, spirits, elves and omens.
On the other side, studies show that turning back to God in word and deed, in spirit and truth, will produce a return to morality. This is in keeping with not only biblical teaching and biblical history, but human history.
Israel turned away from the one true God to follow idols. But, when they returned, exchanging worship of self, the creation, or other spirits, for worship of (and obedience to) the one true God, their morality also changed. They did not become perfect moral specimens….but they DID embrace God’s Standards and held people to them.
Is there a silver lining, in all this? Yes! Most people know there is more to this world than the material. They’re just bored with traditional religion. The contemporary forms of religion available today are empty….focused, as they are, on temporal blessings or empty promises. What if we stop playing games and actually embrace True, Biblical Christianity? Wouldn’t That Be Something?
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